How to Fold a State Flag
29 SEP 2017
If you find yourself regularly dealing with flags, it is important to learn the proper way to fold them. The way you fold a flag is a sign of respect for the entity for which it stands. Folding a state flag might seem difficult at first; the Ohio flag can be especially tricky, since it is not rectangular and must be folded in a special way. With a little bit of practice, though, it is quite easy.
1 Folding the Ohio Flag
2 Fold the Ohio flag in half length-wise
Fold the Ohio flag in half length-wise, aligning the points of the flag, then fold it in half a second time. You should have a long strip with the red circle facing the ground.
3 Fold the pointed end of the flag back
Fold the pointed end of the flag back onto itself to form a rectangle. You should now have performed three folds.
4 Fold two inches
Fold two inches of this rectangle back onto itself, then fold two more inches an additional 13 times, alternating the folds in a fan-like manner.
5 Wrap the remaining length
Wrap the remaining length of flag around the folds to form a compact rectangle.
6 Folding Other State Flags
7 Fold the flag in half width-wise twice
Fold the flag in half width-wise twice, to form a long rectangle.
8 Make a triangular fold
Make a triangular fold, beginning from the part of the flag that is furthest away from the hoist and folding the closed corner of the flag towards the open corner.
9 Fold the triangle
Fold the triangle back to create a new horizontal edge, then repeat the process, folding one triangle after another until the entire length of the flag has been folded back and only a small rectangular tab remains.
10 Tuck the rectangular tab
Tuck the rectangular tab inside the folds to keep the flag from unraveling.